Probation: Finance:Written question - 76697

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 20 July 2020
Ministry of Justice
Probation: Finance
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral answer of the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, of 14 July 2020, Official Report, column 1367, how much of the £100 million announced for the future probation system will be spent on (a) rehabilitative, (b) resettlement, (c) education and (d) employment services.
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 28 July 2020

As part of plans for the future probation system set out by the Lord Chancellor on 11 June 2020, it was confirmed that HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) will operate a Probation Services Dynamic Framework to commission rehabilitation and resettlement services in England and Wales. These services will sit alongside other provision by HMPPS, such as prison-led resettlement support, as well as provision by other government departments.

Our initial estimate, as referenced by the Minister of State in her oral answer on 14 July 2020, was that the total value of contracts to be commissioned through the Probation Services Dynamic Framework would exceed £100m per year once the system reached a steady state.

The following table sets out the indicative proportion of overall Dynamic Framework contract value for each service to be procured, using estimates for Financial Year 2024/25 as representative of steady state spend:

Sum of Lot 1: Accommodation services

Sum of Lot 2.1 Finance, Benefits and Debt services

Sum of Lot 2.2 Education, Training and Employment services

Sum of Lot 3: Dependency and Recovery services

Sum of Lot 4: Family, Lifestyle and Wellbeing services

Sum of Lot 5: Women services


% of indicative Dynamic Framework contract value








Lot 4 includes a separately-commissioned contract for support to Young Adults in Wales only.

This is drawn from data made available to prospective bidders in July 2020. All values provided are indicative only and subject to change. They should not be viewed as confirmation of contract values, Call-Off term or actual volumes. It should be noted that for some lots, they may be co-commissioned with other partners, and some of these co-commissioned services may be procured through an alternative procurement route than the Probation Services Dynamic Framework. This particularly applies to the Finance, Benefit & Debt and Dependency & Recovery lots. It is not possible to provide either:

a) the proportion of contract value expected to derive from resettlement activity to support individuals leaving prison, as distinct from support for individuals serving a community sentence; or

b) the proportion of contract value expected to derive from education support as distinct from employment support.

This is because these values will depend on the outcome of the procurement process, the nature of the services delivered and future volumes of activity.

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